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Ken Starr: Mueller Moving Beyond Mandate With Trump Business Questions

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:20 AM

Special counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to do his job, but he may be moving beyond his mandate when asking questions about President Donald Trump's business practice before he declared his candidacy for president, Ken Starr, the special counsel who investigated former President Bill Clinton, warned on Wednesday.

"The mandate is what happened during the 2016 election in terms of collusion," Starr told CNN's "New Day" co-host Chris Cuomo. "That is the key idea."

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should handle the probe into Trump's businesses as a "judgment call," and should it reach beyond the mandate to explore collusion, the matter could be handed off to a separate investigator, said Starr.

"It might be a complete outgrowth of what's happened," he told Cuomo. "But it has nothing to do with collusion and the campaign."

Starr also told Cuomo that in his opinion, people have jumped to conclusions that are not consistent with the law, when it comes to claims that Trump has obstructed justice by exercising his power because of "self-interested reasons."

"Our law doesn't sweep nearly so broadly, quite apart from constitutional consequences of a president having Article II power," said Starr. "I'm on solid ground here with the Supreme Court of the United States rebuffing the government years ago, by 9-0, for trying to end obstruction issues by overemphasizing and over defining the word 'corrupt.'

"Corrupt doesn't mean you want to do something in your own self-interest. It means something really beyond I'm looking out for myself."

Meanwhile, Starr said he believes the arrests and indictments of 13 Russian nationals also points to there being no collusion taking place with the Trump campaign.

"The Russians developed this enormous operation out of St. Petersberg and sent operatives in the United States to sow discord and spend millions of dollars," said Starr. "They didn't collude with anyone. We are seeing a focus on what happened before."

That would make it a policy call for Rosenstein to either decide to move forward with the evidence or to decide if the arrests are beyond the scope of why Mueller was hired, said Starr.

"The American people want to know if there was collusion," said Starr. "Bob, I love you. Let's just stay focused on what the issue is. That is collusion in the campaign."

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